This October, 25 of Mobile’s community leaders are joining hands with the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of South Alabama to inspire women to seek preventative treatment, and to raise funds for those already affected.
The group of local businessmen will be wearing the American Cancer Society pink all month long to motivate women to take preventative measures in their fight against breast cancer. Ray Mayhall, chairman of the Real Men Wear Pink campaign stated, “funds raised allow the Society to be there for those touched by breast cancer, including those who are currently dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis and those who may face a diagnosis in the future.”
According to the American Cancer Society, almost one in eight U.S. women will develop breast cancer during their lives. In their Cancer Facts & Figures 2015 report, they estimated that at least 3,680 women in Alabama will be diagnosed this year. As the second leading cause of cancer death in women, The Real Men Wear Pink campaign is encouraging community women to take action, and spread awareness.
Mayhall has a particular connection to the cause, through his wife Jacque who has survived both colon and breast cancer.
“While Jacque survived my mother and grandmother did not. The ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ campaign raises awareness and money in the fight to beat breast cancer. One person saved will be worth any effort in this campaign,” Mayhall said.
On the morning of Oct. 31, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of South Alabama event will be held in Bienville Square at 8 a.m. Teams will participate in three to five mile walks to raise money to help women who are currently diagnosed with breast cancer, those who could be diagnosed in the future, and those who can avoid diagnosis through preventative action. To date, there are over 240 teams who have raised more than $16,000 for the cause.
Terri Hudson, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event chair, said in a press release, “We are grateful to our inaugural Real Men participants for lending their voices to our cause and for fighting for everyone touched by breast cancer!”
The 2015 Real Men Wear Pink of South Alabama are: Shane Adams, Trax Tires; Alex Arendall, ServisFirst Bank; Dr. Bobby Brown, Brown & McCool Gynecology; Ty Bullard, Automobile Dealer- Bullard Automotive Group; Mark Bunting, WKRG NEWS5; Jerry Carl, Mobile County Commissioner; Peter D’Olive, Felder Services LLC; Tyrone Fenderson, Commonwealth National Bank; Chad Fincher, Mobile Area Association of Realtors; John Gage, Hancock Bank; Bill Goodloe, Lyon Fry Cadden; Jay Ison, THAMES BATRE MATTEI BEVILLE & ISON; Dan Mason, I Heart Radio; Christopher Mayhall, SERVPRO of South Mobile; Kenneth McLaughlin, Winn Dixie; Dr. Michael Meshad, Southern Cancer Center; Harris Morrissette, China Doll Rice & Beans, Inc.; Mark Nix, Infirmary Health; Jay O’Brien, J L O’Brien Associates Inc.; Sydney Raine, Mobile Works; Bill Seifert, Regions Bank Advisory Board; Tony Stringer, Walmart; Bill Tunnell, USS Battleship Memorial Park; Troy Wilson, Bellator Real Estate & Development; and Laine Wooden, Alfa Insurance.
This campaign is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the largest voluntary health organization working to reduce cancer death rates in the U.S. With over 2.5 million volunteers, the organization aims to save lives, fighting for every birthday that has been threatened by cancer.
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